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NEW LIVERY, FEED AND SALE STABLES!
1 ^ M'OO^CH ^STEALEY.. 42 A Opposite Oil ?ell Supply G?.. Charles St. Good Rigs, Good Service, Good Feed. WE have on hand an elegant line of Surveys, Buckboards, Baggies, Carriages and Wagons, which we will sell at astonishingly low prices. Good horses of every description for every purpose solicit a share of ?our patronage. ^ at a bargain. POSSIBLE MURDER Committed in the County Last Night. AN INTERESTING LETTER About Our Country? Stringtown on a Boom. A lt<*irnl*r Typloul Oil Town? A OrfHt Conn ty in Tyler nud Wonderful have B?en ttM Improvements? A Little Politics. The writer had occasion to make a brief tour through a portion of Tyler and Wetzel counties very recently. We were agreeably sur prised at the rapid progress' these counties have made in the past few years. Especially can this be said oi Tyler. A few months ago in pissing through the central and north-east section of the county we noticed many dilapidated dwelling houses and barns ready to tumble down that are now replaced with new and substantial structures. Of course many of these improvements were made through a lucky oil i strike and many have been made by hardest knocks. The Indian creek valley has made the more rapid ad vancement of all. A few years ago we remember driving up that stream a few miles and it almost frightened us, it presented such an uncivilized appearance. But today the traveler can find situated on either side of this romantic stream ? tiom one end to the other, some of the most attractive homes the county can boast of. We would like to make special mention of a lew, but space iorbids at the pres ent. The farmers present a much dififerent appearance also, than they j did a few years ago, but still there j are some that are badly neglected, j The fencing is gone, briers and filth of every description is visible. Hence, the quicker the larmer in question gives up the business and and engages in some other occupa- j tion, which he is better adapted to; the happier he will be at no far dis tant day. Taxes are as "sure death," is an old adage, but it stands good, where filth, fiddling and whistling are a total failure. Stringtown is situated almost at the head of Indian creek, n miles from the mouth of the stream. Having some business to transact in the town, we wandered there during our travels. Say! talk about hustle and bustle and * 'hurry up towns," but I want to sav right here, this place hasn't an equal on top the globe. It put us in mind of o'd Sistersville five or six years ago The town ''belongs to we'uns and we won't sell her," was their cry. We saw while there an old oil man 80 years old who put up a pretty good "scrap." However, there are some Dretty nice people located there and the place is only a twin sister to other oil towns. An effort is being made to incorporate the village, and we presume it will doue in the near future. Your police should take notice. There are a number of new wells drilling and in sight of the town. There have been a number of new dwelling and business houses erect ed here during the past two months and R. Crick, the contract carpen ter, informed us that he had a force of men at work on a number of other new buildings. The popula tion has increased wonderfully in the past three or four months. Mr. G. W. Gardner, rormerly of your city, is conducting a fine restaurant here and is doing an immense busi ness. There are a number of gen tlemen in business here who came from Sistersville and all are doing well. We had the pleasure of meeting our old bosom friend, Andy Steuder, while on our way to Stringt3wn. Andy, as he is familiarly called by most every one who knows him, was driving up Indian creek, about a mile north of the big Moses gaser wncre he met a fjur-hourse team, drawing a hrge boiler. The road was -*o narrow where they met that they w^ic obliged to unhitch A-tdy's team and back his wagon d *\vo the road 1 ally 150 yards. Of course we assisted him all we coulJ, as he didn't have any driver along. Audy says if the voters do not elect a county commissioner this fall who is in favor a better and especially wider roads, he will be obliged to travel through this coun ty on horse back and carry his samolea across his shoulder. Andy is a member of the Wheeling Hat company and has been traveling for 20 > ears past. He is one of the most popular salesmen that ever came out of .the Nail city. His friends and patrons throughout this jand adjoining counties are legions. 1 The people throughout that por tion of the county we passed, seem determined to putin a county com missioner this fall who will fa/or license. Politics does not seem to be in it. The citizens of this coun ty are rapidly awakening to a sense of their misery, so to speak. They have arrived at the conclu sion that it is enough for them to erect a ''mansion tor the accommo dation of criminals from the wintry blasts, without furnishing them withjree rations. Mark my word j the tax payers will have re demption from the oppression they have suffered for years at the polls this fall. We heard Mr. Geo. Galmich fa vorably spoken of at different places, while making our triD, for county commissioner. We can con scientiously say for Mr. Galmich, that we have known him for the past six years, and always found him a gentleman in every particu lar. He is a thorough business man, possesses good judgement, and should he accept the nomina tion for the office, it would be an ample guarantee of his election I He would not only carry the entire vote uf the oil people, but a very large portion of the natives, also. Mr. Galmich is general superin tendent of the Braden pump station, on Indian creek, and is one of the companie's most trusted foremen. We now find ourselves in the wilds of Wetzel, driving up that placid stream ? but it is not always the case, Fishing creek. We ar r ved in due season at Piney Fork, where we plactd ourselves in care of the proprietor of the Roome ho tel. This was our first visit to this part of Wetzel in twenty years. To even attempt to describe the change would consume more space than we have at our command. Suffice it to say, the change is great. The population of the town is about 600, that is, including the employes of the oil field, who make their head quarters here. We noticed many stores, groceries and restaurants; also machine shops and blacksmith shops. The building that attracted our attention most was the mam moth hotel of E. M. Roome. Mr. Roome, well known to many of your citizens, being a native oi Ty ler. This hot 1 building is 128x40, contains 22 rooms, which are taken up for gambling, dining, cooking, barbering and last, but not least, <or dispensing the ardent. The ho tel is enjoying an immense patron age. Besides 74 permanent board ers, it has an average ol 25 tran sient guests each night. Mr. Roome has also near by his hotel a two story building, 20x80, the sec ond story ol which is a hall, and is constantly in demand for variety shows and balls. The first story is occupied as a storage room and meat shop. He ! lias in connection with his hotel, a live y and feed stable. He carries 16 head of horses, and seldom has I enough to supply the demand. He keeps one four horse, and one two horse teams on the road constantly hauling supplies. It 1 akes two and \ a h tlf days to 'make the trip. We imagine along about Christmas it will take two montns The dis tance from your city to Piney is 25 miles and from New Martinsville to Piney 23, and he is obliged to haul his groceries, etc., from these places. Mr. R. has been located at Piney and in the immediate neigh borhood nearly five years. He is a great hustler and is a popular land lord. For us to add he was making money would be a mistake. His income is equal to a 1500 barrel I gusher. John Roome, brother to E. Roome is engaged in busi ness near Piney and is prospering well. We passed near the land of the C. P. McCoy heirs, ot your citv and were informed tnere were seven producing wells on the tract and two drilling, which are due next Wednesday. The South Penn holds the lease. There is about 450 acres in the entire body and it is all considered gilt edge. There are 26 strings of tools run ning here at this writing in the vicinity of Piney. The South Penn holds most all the territory. ! The roads are lined with teams de livering supplies, and "ere the birds warble in the spring-time," many a pool devil will have been made happy and rich in this field. We met many ot the boys here whom we w%re acquainted with, and each one of them wore a happy smile, on account of having plenty of work, and also plenty of "dough" in his inside pocket. Amon? those whom we must mention is Frank West, Esq., who was entertaining the boys in his usual jovial manner, by spinning bones across a figured piece of oil cloth. On Thursday evening about 8:30 word came to Piney Fork' by tele phone that Tom Morrison had been shot by Tom Mullendlck, near Lot I postoffice which is five miles north of Piney. Mullendick was accused by Morrison of talking about him. Mullendick was seated at his table when Morrison walked in and ate supper. A few words passed when Mornson began to administer some unmerciful blows with a hickory with which he had secured before he came in. Af er being satisfied with the thrashing he had given Mullendick, he turned to go out, when Mullendick procured his gun and shot Morrison under the lelt shoulder blade. Dr. Hill was summoned, but could not de cide, at this writing, whether or not Morrison was seriously injured. Morrison remarked, after he was shot, "if he died, he did not blame Mullendick," It was the opinion of those who saw Morrison after he was shot, that he could not get well. Morrison is a large, powerful man He was employed by the Kanwha Oil company as boss car penter. Spatn'w Supremacy Shattered. Sunny Sunday several suns since, Santiago saw Spanish squadron, six stately ships, seek safety, sail ing southward. Seeing Sampson's swift ships steam slowly seaward, Spanish sailors saw some slight show, so suddenly steamed south. Sly Schley, smoking segar, saw Spanish ships sailing, so said, set ting signals, "Steam swiftly shore ward; shell Spaniards. Silently, swiftly, Schley's ships sailed, send ing salt spray skyward. Soon Span ish thips sent shells seaward, shoot ing spasmodically. Schley's sailors, standing silent ly, shot shrieking shells, striking Spanish squadron, sending ship* staggering shoreward, simply shat tered, sinking sieves. Santiago's Spanish soldiers sel dom saw such straight shooting; seldom saw such stately ships swift ly sail shoreward, simply seeing Spanish ship* slowly sinking, se verely shattered Schley's stanch sailors soon snouted. Spauiards, seeing ships so surely, si. kingf swam shoreward, seeking safety; some so shot, swimming seemed suicide, sullenly surrender ed; so Schley's strength, Santiago's story sending shivers scouring Sa-' gasta's sturdy spine. Ch' Hpcr Coffee. Coffee is to be cheaper. This is to be one result of the war. Nearly half of the world's coffee crop come ; to the United States. We consume j almost twelve pounds per annum j for every one of our population.and spend on an average nearly $90, 000,000 a year tor coffee. Two thirds of the world's supply of cof fee comes from Brazil, which places an export duty of 11 per cent, upon the fragrant berry. The finest coffee in the world is grown in Por to Rico, Cuba and the Philippines and under the stimulation of Amer ican enterprise these countries will, within a few years, be able to sup-| ply the world with coflee. What this means to. the coffee consumer he can clearty understand. ' ? rh . J Ladies' hats are coming down bat not in price. Don't waste any time mv brethern, in thinkiug about that, for it will never be. It is the fashion now. is all, and a strange one, too, for the pretty girl to wear her hat down over her face instead of on her head; but then so few girls are pretty , and we suppose the new style is arranged for the benefit of the many. / f ... DISTRICT CO* VEST HO*. Democrats Had ft Well Attended and Enlhnftlafttlc Heeling. From Saturday's Daily. The Lincoln district democratic convention was called to order in the Olston opera house this after noon at about 2 o'clock by Joseph W. Boyer, who was made chairman by a unanimous vote. L. B. Hill was chosen as secretary, and the convention proceeded to business. The first business before the con vention was the Selection of a nom inee for school commissioner Henry McCoy and Uriah Ice weTe nominated for the position and af ter a ballot Henry McCoy was de clared the nominee, having received 24 votes to 12 for his opponent. For the nominees for constable there were three names mentioned: Uriah Kimble, D. H. Lacy and C. B. McCoy. On ballot Lacy and Kimble were nominated. After the selection of the candidates for constable the convention adjourned. Tbe N|>huInIi Horror. We have refrained from any loud clamor against the powers that be on account of the alleged crim inal neglect and mismanagement in our army. We personally knew something of the hardships, priva tions and sufferings of war; we had endured them for years. But those hardships, privations and sufferings were the result ot conditions which the powers over us were unable to prevent. So we have thought that much of this war clamor was false clamor, which the returning sol diers would hush forever. But we seem to have been mistaken. Har per's Weekly is a good McKinley j newspaper; it does not go into hysterics, it makes no false charges, ; it is calm, temperate and dignified, at all times and careful of what it publishes and we quote in part what it says, for it speaks from actual observation. I The other day the remnant of the ; Seventy-first regiment, which was , spared by war and disease, came; home to recover or die. The men who rode could not have walked from the battery to their armory without disastrous consequences, i The regiment went to the war 1,043 strong. It lost 14 killed in bitile and 64 wounded and 331 were in line or in the cars. The rest were dead or ou fur lough, or in the hospital in Cuba and in Camp Wykoff, and those who returned were, most ol ^bem, gaunt and yellow images of the men they had been, some of them so weak that they wept because ot ihe kindness of their reception, while others stared at the cheering crowds with the wild, strange look j of men to whom the things of this 1 earth are ot little moment. A terrible episode has occurred | in the history of the countr> an j episode so criminal that the glorv | of war and victory has been dimmed by the wrath caused by the wrongs and sufferings of the soldiers who have fought the war and achieved the glory. . The ravage of disease and ttie hardship of the men by reason of neglect, of lack of food so great I that men have died of starvation, j of want ot proper clothing, of in-j sufficient tentage; are hideous, and the evil is still existing; in some quarters it is spreading. Moreover it is not confined to the troops alone who fought in Cuba. . The men who were encamped in Florida and at Chicamauga are the victims of starvation and of disease breeding conditions that were en tirely preventable. The sufferings of our soldiers must not be iorgotten. If the peo pie of the country permit this scan dal to find a grave before some one is punished, they will thereby make themselves accomplices in the crime? Wetzel Democrat. Will Leave Soon. In a couple of weeks George M. McCoy, the well known attorney of this city, will leave for Colorado, and other points of the west where | he will remain for some time. Mr. McCoy has not been enjoying good ! health for some time, hence the 1 trip. i./f "No Time Like the Present/* "In time of peace prepare for war" ? that is advice which oil men in particular should bear in miDd. In the past it has too often hap pened that when things have begun to come a little the;- way they have allowed their interest to lag in the very work which has forced the better conditions. It is a note worthy fact that in the matter of the financial deienseand promotion of their interests they have done the most when they could least af? ford it. In the case of the produc ers they never furnished the sinews for such defense more notably than when the monopoly had forced the price of their product down to a point where it represented confis cation. Finding that by pushing them too hard in this way the re sult was the opposite of that in tended ? that it was putting a premium on work in self defense among the producer.-, which, if kept up halt as well in better times as in those of extreme adversity,, would make them masters ot the situation ? the monopoly let up on the wholesale effort to drive the producers into bankruptcy. It changed its tactics and advanced prices just enough to cause many of them to feel that the .field and market conditions had changed sufficiently in their favor to make further aggressive effort on their part unnecessary. Over and over again many of the oil men have made this mistake. By keeping prices a little above the point where they would pro jceed; as a matter of necessity, to do the work necessarv to life them, the monopoly lias kepi too many ! producers hopefully watching the! field reports and pipe line figures, j and when the hopeful oil men have grown doubtful enough, from time to time, to quit feeding on this hope and to take special cogniz ance of the fact that "the Lord helps those who help themselves" they have been lulled back into the old hopeful delusion by little booms in the market ? by the impression that field conditions have forced the monopoly to pay better prices and j rendered increased independent competition for that purpose un necessary. After they have been buoyed up for a time by this de lusion and have increased produc tion in the manner desired they have "got it in the neck" as before. In brief, they have been, both too easily fooled and too easily satisfied. Of course this has not been true of all of them. Had it been so there would be uo competition at all to day. But it has been true of too many of them, and it is even so to day. Much may be heard now of decreasing, stocks, of the absence of new fields and of other condi tions of hopeful outlook for the producer. Prospective deluges of Russian petroleum, present and I prospective competition for the oil1 fields of Java, Sumatra, Canada and South America, not to speak of! Alaskan oil lakes and competition | with other oils? these of kin dred stock topics of a bear ish nature are not now exploited in the Standard papers ami the largest wells no longer come first in the field reports of th* latter. Will the oil men fail now to remember that this is no new thing? Instead of indulging in the old de lusion that oil, more particularly Pennsylvania oil, is becoming so much scarcer that producers can j soon command their own price for ! it, whether there is any competition i or not, will they have the good j sense so to enlarge the work of their present independent organiza tions as to be able not only to i maintain, but|to increase the pres ent prices? What better time than the present for extension of the in dependent lines, including that of the Producers & Refiners line to the southwest fields? What better time than the present to expand the marketing facilities ot the Pure Oil company by additional placing of its stock? In short, what better time than now so to enlarge the agencies of independent competi tion that the increase in production which the^Old House" desires, and which probably may be developed, may not be used as a justifying club to pound down prices? The independent organizations are in excellent shape as far as they go? they were never stronger than at the present lime; as has been shown by the manner in which they have forced better prices, leading the way themselves; but they do not go far enough. There should be an other awakening of the oil men on this subject all along the line ? in all branches of the business. It is their golden opportunty. ? Petrole um Gazette. Adl^is. Advertising without system is like trying to manage an army without discipline. In your ad. say what you have to say in a catchy and attractive way, and keep saying it. Advertise only that which has meriu Nothing else can have per manent success. Advertise first to make people buy your product; then to make them continue buying it. It is as important to know what to keep out ot an advertisement as to know what to put in. The great art in writing adver tisements is to make plain and prosy facts so inviting that they at tract attention. ? Printer's Ink. .Sound Common Nvnse. Speaker Reed, who is not an ex pansionist, was not much of a war man at any time, and was opposed to the admission of Hawaii, in a re cent speech in Maine, gave expres sion to the following sound senti ments: ?'We are pissing through a trans itory period; many questions are to be met and decided within the next few years, and some of us don't know how they will be decided. Perhaps the only way will be to ap ! ply to their solution sound common sense, and compare notes with each other. "After all, the solution of all the questions must be left to the plain, common sense of the people. One man may be right some of the time; all men will not be wrong all of the time. We are to exhibit our good common sense by abstaining from quick judgement. "We shall for the next few years need all the wisdom, all the exper ience, all the prtriotism of all the people in settling the questions, and we must meet and decide them." Dlncovered by a Woman. Another great discovery has been made, and that, too, by a lady in this country. "Disease fastened its clutches upon her and for seven years she withstood its severest tests, but her vital organs were un dermined and death seemed immi nent For three months she coughed incessantly and could not | sleep. She finally discovered a way I to recovery by purchasing of us a : bottle of Dr. King's New Discovery I for Consumption and was s. much relieved o i taking first dose that she slept all night; and with two bottles has been absolutely cured Her name is Mrs. Luther Lutz." jThus writes W. C. Hamrick & Co., otShelbv, N. C. Trial bottles free at Hill & McCoach's drug store. Regular size, 50c and $1 00. Every bottle guaranteed. A gallon of PURE LINSEED OIL mixed with a gallon of makes 2 gallons of tbe VERT BEST PUNT In the WORLD for C.40 or of roar paint bill. Is more dotuble than Par* White Lead and is Absolutely wot poisonous. ?Ja*mar Paint U made of the Best or Paijtt Ma terials? such as all (rood painters use. and la around Tbicb, vest Thick. No trouble to mix, any boy can do it. It is the Common Sense of House Paint. No better paint can be made at ant cost, and is Qiuvut*fcu(?y&ts Sot to Crack, Blister, Peel or Ohi* . * F.HAMMAR PAINT CO., St. LOUlS? Mo* Bold and gnaranteed by G. B. STATHERS, Furniture, Bicycles, Buggies, Harness, Sash, Doors, Paints, Oils, Varnish', Etc. ALMA, WEST VA. Estabb T jam.